The Power to Share the Gospel in Another Culture.

“Our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.” — 1 Thess. 1:5 “Il nostro vangelo non vi è stato annunciato soltanto con parole, ma anche con potenza, con lo Spirito Santo e con…

Building courage in the heart of a disciple.

The disciple maker is a nurturer. You  are called to develop or to bring out courage in the heart of the woman or man God has brought to you. To be someone in the life of another who lovingly develops or brings out courage is such a tremendous gift all by itself.  Encouragement can come in so many forms. Through…

Discipleship is forged through the mess of life.

Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of Good but our lives as well. — 1 Thessalonians 2:8 If you are looking for a neat religion where nothing gets mishandled and dirty, scraped and torn, then the life of a Jesus follower wouldn’t be for…

Discipleship should make us uncomfortable.

Our family was invited to dinner recently at the home of some new friends. They lived in a quiet neighborhood that was growing. The husband told me not long after they moved in one of the neighbors came over and told him about a weekly Bible study several of them were having together and asked…

The Nurturing of Hearts Through Discipleship.

God is calling the non-expert lay person, the average Jesus-follower in every culture of all ages to make disciples and nurture other women and men. If you are looking for another, more confident believer to do life with, to model Christlikeness to you, look for someone beyond the stage. There are people in every church who have retired and come…

In Arabia.

“But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were…

Our Seed Bag Stories.

This morning, Amy and I visited a class for young married couples to tell them our missions story. We didn’t know anyone there, so we were both excited about making a whole class full of new contacts. We actually showed up an hour and a half early. Amy looked at all the empty chairs around the time…

Getting Away.

Last weekend, I attended a yearly men’s conference hosted by the Navigators in Wichita Falls. The primary reason for going was to connect more with Clyde, one of my mentors from church. Clyde is in his eighties and is spending all his time in coffee shops and restaurants with younger men, making disciples. I had…

How Learning Italian Will Stretch Us.

The question could be asked, “Would a man living in the ancient city of Rome be able to communicate effectively with a citizen of Rome today?” The Italian spoken throughout Italy and other parts of the world today comes from the Latin language of the Roman Empire. As Roman soldiers invaded neighboring lands to invade…

Why Geography is Important To Making Disciples in Italy.

You could say the country with the nickname “Bel Paese (Beautiful Country)” was destined for greatness. Greatness happens when light shines on inherent characteristics effortlessly put forth. This is true of Italy. Wherever the sun glistens, the natural beauty and uniqueness of this region dazzles with life and color. In a sense, Italy did not…

Capturing Pokemon in Bologna.

I tried as hard as I could to get Zach to forget about his Pokemon trading cards and Pokemon GO. Seriously. It’s all he was talking about. Driving me insane. Then, I remembered I was the exact same way about things over 30 years ago when I was a boy his age. My parents couldn’t…